Approximately twenty youth immigration activists interrupted a speech by Hillary Clinton in Maryland on Thursday demanding that she take a more aggressive stance on national immigration reform. Shouting over her speech in a series of coordinated statements, individuals were escorted out of the event one after the other by police officers.
As the Guardian reports, the protest took place during “a rally for Maryland gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown” and “involved about two dozen students dotted around the audience who intermittently shouted at Clinton and held aloft placards that read ‘Put Families Over Politics’.”
The young activists—who call themselves “Dreamers” are either undocumented themselves or have parents who are undocumented—were demanding that Clinton stand with those facing the unnecessary threat of deportation that divide families. They say Clinton should use her influence within the Democratic Party and urge President Obama to use his executive authority to provide deportation relief for their family members and the millions of other immigrants who live in constant threat of arbitrary expulsion.
“My mother lives in fear of deportation every single day,” yelled one protester from the crowd as Clinton was speaking.
“We are very clear on the fact that [Clinton] has not take a clear stance for our families,” said twenty-year-old Carlos, who participated in the action, in a video statement after being ejected from the rally. He said he was not impressed with Clinton’s reaction on stage and said he and other “[Dreamers] will continue to organize, build, and escalate” their efforts to put pressure on President Obama, Hillary Clinton and any other politician who refuses to make a firm commitment to address the crisis immigrant families are facing.
Thursday’s protest in Maryland was organized by members of , which has been holding similar protests at Clinton events over recent months.
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